Intrusive thoughts: Why we have them, and how to take away their power
The Festival of Unmentionable Thoughts is observed on December 12
HEALTH Mental health
Sometimes people experience unwanted, sudden, and involuntary thoughts that are uncomfortable and disturbing, despite originating from their own mind. These thoughts might be violent or sexual, or a fear that they’re about to do something inappropriate or embarrassing. Whatever the thought is, it likely brings on feelings of worry or shame, which is also why many people have kept these thoughts a secret. Plus, the more they try to push the thought out of their mind, the stickier it gets.
If this sounds familiar, you’ve probably experienced intrusive thoughts. They can be a menace to our mental health, and because there is such a stigma around them, people misunderstand these thoughts to signal something wrong within them. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth! Click through to learn everything you need to know about intrusive thoughts.
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